This is my 500th post on Pretty Sinister Books and it's not about a book. It's about Corpus Delicti, an original play receiving it's premiere by Madkap Productions here in Chicago. And why did I choose to tell you about this as my milestone 500th post?
Because I'm in the cast of five. Yes, that's me in the publicity photo.
Here's the blurb from the theater company's website:
Poetic justice is sometimes the most just.What appealed to me and the reason I auditioned for this play is because it is set in an antiquarian bookshop. I play the very disturbed owner of the shop who likes to supplement his income by restoring and selling valuable stolen books. When someone catches him at his larcenous hobby he strikes back violently.
Albert is an ex-con trying to rebuild his life. He lives a bitter and lonely existence brightened only by working alongside his perky teenage niece in Contrapasso's book restoration shop. When he finds out that his new boss is a murderer, he must find a way to prove it before going back to jail himself for the crime.
CORPUS DELICTI - a world premiere suspense thriller by David Alex
I hope anyone who lives in Chicago or in the outlying suburbs will make a special effort to see this exciting new play. The rest of the cast, especially the young actress who plays Beatrice (seen above), are a remarkably talented group and the play has been directed to instill suspense. There are also some nice touches of comedy and poignancy amid all the skulduggery, cruelty and violence.
The play runs from February 27 through March 23 at the Greenhouse Theater Center on Lincoln Avenue just south of Belden in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago's northside. Tickets and all other info are available online at the MadKap Productions website.